IamA HIV positive, 19-year-old young woman who has endured years of bullying of bullying and stigma to become an activist. . . AMA!
My short bio: Paige was born HIV Positive and bullied severely in middle school because of her HIV status. Her classmates called her cruel nicknames, such as PAIDS. Her soccer coach even made a joke about how her HIV status could help the team because the opposing teammates wouldn't want to touch her. And the school administrators let her down by not protecting her. After leaving her middle school, she decided to take a stand and started to speak out sharing her story. At the age of fourteen, Paige was granted special permission to become the youngest person to ever be certified through the American Red Cross as an HIV/AIDS Educator. She even pleaded to congress in her home state of Indiana and helped pass the Anti-bullying Bill #1423 that was affective July 1, 2013.
She has written a book that will be released later this month entitled Positive: Surviving my bullies, finding hope, and changing the world.
She currently is volunteering for Project Kindle, a camp for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. http://www.projectkindle.org
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